Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

Lent


“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20) 

Message from Pope Francis

Pope Francis begins his message for Lent 2020 with passage from Scripture. He continues: 

“This year the Lord grants us, once again, a favorable time to prepare to celebrate with renewed hearts the great mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life. We must continually return to this mystery in mind and heart, for it will continue to grow within us in the measure that we are open to its spiritual power and respond with freedom and generosity.”

Lent Resources

Here are some resources that may assist in renewing our hearts and reflecting on the great mystery of our faith:

  • EarthBeat: Lenten Daily Food Reflections These daily reflections on food, faith, climate and our lives will provide spiritual sustenance for the Lenten journey. Join the fast.

  • The Global Catholic Climate Movement recommends a fast for Earth, our Common Home. Read more.

  • Interfaith Power and Light Each year Interfaith Power and Light creates a Lenten Calendar to help you reflect, learn and take action on some dimension of sustainability and your faith. This year the IFPL created a Plastic Fast. Access the calendar.

  • Franciscan Action Network “Forty Days; Forty Ways”: A Guide to A Green Lent 
    “As Franciscans, we consistently examine our relational understanding of creation. Looking to theologians like St. Bonaventure who developed a theological and spiritual vision that acknowledged all creation as emanating from the goodness of God, existing as a “footprint” of God, and leading us back to God if we are able to “read” nature properly. In order to assist you in your “reading” of nature, we offer you this guide.”

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers a number of videos for reflection during this Lenten season.


Elections 2020


We have begun the election season with primaries and caucuses in a number of states. The 2020 election season will end in November when we elect a number of our political leaders, including a President. 

Discipleship in Voting

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy delivered a talk entitled “Conscience, Candidates and Discipleship in Voting.” He begins his talk by quoting Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium who points powerfully to the vocation of faith-filled citizenship:

“An authentic faith … always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all of its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed 'the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,' the Church 'cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’"

Election Guides

Over the course of the next few months, election guides will be made available. Network, the Catholic social lobby invites us to become spirit-filled voters. Network uses the principles of Catholic social teaching to inform all of their work including the Voter Guide that they have prepared.



Nuclear Disarmament

Our Stance

In 2007, The Adrian Dominican Sisters adopted a stance that “calls on the U.S. government to lead the way for global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction. We call for an immediate development, adoption, and implementation of a plan that will ensure that there will be no new nuclear weapons, no new materials for nuclear weapons, and no testing of nuclear weapons.”

Washington Post Article

In a Washington Post article, Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer led with the headline, “2020 is the year to worry about nuclear weapons.” Ms. Braut-Hegghammer identifies 3 reasons for her conclusion. Read more.


Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

This year is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NFP). The treaty has been successful in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Watch a U.N. video on the NFP.

Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in a “midlife crisis at 50?” Read Dr. Jacek Durkalec’s article in the NATO Review. Dr. Durkalec is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.



Gun Violence Prevention


Every day in the United States, 100 people die from gun violence. The U.S. gun violence rate is 25 times higher than other developed countries. Research shows that common-sense public safety laws reduce gun violence and could save as many 38,000 gun deaths that happen each year. 

What can the average person do to help end this epidemic?

  • Join the Gun Sense Action Network and an hour a week to make calls from your home to raise awareness about sensible gun violence prevention.

  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a critical law that has had bipartisan support since 1994. Common-sense gun safety provisions in a new reauthorization bill will expand domestic violence protections for victims, close the boyfriend and stalker loopholes, and require law enforcement officials to be notified each time an abuser tries to buy a firearm and fails the background check. Call your legislators in the House and the Senate and urge them to vote YES on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

  • Sandy Hook Promise is an organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. The purpose is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning the Sandy Hook tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence. By uniting people of all beliefs and backgrounds who value the protection of children to take meaningful actions in their homes and communities, we will prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. Watch the Sandy Hook Promise video.